Angus Gunn – Norwich City £5m
The league’s most expensive goalkeeper has started the new campaign on the bench. And, unless Tim Krul suffers an almighty dip in form, he’ll likely stay there too.
The son of legendary Norwich stopper Bryann Gunn, Angus, 26, has returned for a second spell at Carrow Road after Leicester City’s 9-0 draw ended his Leicester City career.
In truth, things haven’t really improved for him since then.
Jayden Bogle – Sheffield United, £3.5m
Joining a Derby County double deal alongside Max Lowe, a serious knee injury ended Bogle’s 2021/22 campaign, denying him the chance to face old opponents Nottingham Forest in the play-off semi-final.
According to Blades boss Paul Heckingbottom, however, Bogle is at least on the right track.
“Everyone is happy with him. There will be no rush, just because of the severity of the injury,” Heckingbottom told Yorkshire Live.
“He has turned the corner in terms of reacting to things and everyone is happy with him. He came back up there with his strength, so we’re going to start pushing things a bit more.
Tamas Kalas – Bristol City, £8million
The only player in this XI not currently under contract with Norwich, Sheffield United, Burnley or West Brom, Kalas was expected to take Bristol City to the next level upon his arrival from Chelsea.
But the home Lee Johnson built has gradually fallen into disrepair in recent years as the play-off chasing team that took Manchester United out of the EFL Cup has been dismantled and sold. Mid-table is probably the limit of Bristol City’s ambition these days.
Ben Gibson – Norwich City, £8m
Perhaps the greatest example of a ‘too good for the Championship, not good enough for the Premier League’ footballer, expect former Middlesbrough skipper Gibson to strike up a fearsome partnership with Grant Hanley, also battle-scarred, as the “yo-yo” of modern football. club’ is looking to bounce back from yet another relegation.
Dimitrios Giannoulis – Norwich City, £6m
Slightly ahead of Burnley’s Charlie Taylor, Giannoulis has a point to prove after a punishing spell in the top flight. The Greece international’s swashbuckling style could prove useful for a side likely to dominate possession in most games this season, although a first-team spot is a long way off. be guaranteed with Sam McCallum providing the competition.
Jack Cork-Burnley, £10m
A midfield consisting of Cork, Josh Cullen, Samuel Bastien, Josh Brownhill and Ashley Westwood should have no problem running the show at Championship level. Cork, once capped by England, is the most expensive of the lot.
Sander Berge-Sheffield United, £22m
With a hefty release clause that appears to be putting off many admirers, the Blades look set to keep arguably the most gifted central midfielder in the Championship for at least another season. Berge, Sheffield United’s record signing, was the colossus at the heart of Heckingbottom’s side in the second half of the last term.
Ismaila Sarr – Watford, £27m
Sarr tore the championship to shreds without ever really getting out of fifth gear in 2020/21. If fit and focused, the former Liverpool target should be the driving force behind a fresh promotion charge at Vicarage Road.
Grady Diangana – West Brom £12million
After a few unforgettable seasons for player and club, one of the biggest tasks Steve Bruce will face at the Hawthorns will be to lure the mercurial brilliance of a winger West Brom have already paid £12million after a Stellar loan period with the Bags.
On paper, a front line made up of Diangana, Karlan Grant, Daryl Dike, Jed Wallace and John Swift is untouchable at this level.
Oli McBurnie – Sheffield United, £20m
Half of a front line made up solely of Sheffield United, McBurnie did not score a single goal in 28 league games last season. In fact, he’s only had one in the last two seasons combined. Barely the calling card of a £20m target.
Rhian Brewster – Sheffield United, £23m
Together, McBurnie and Brewster brought Sheffield United over £40m. To say that both players failed to live up to their awards would be claiming the understatement of the century.
Brewster, unlike McBurnie, has at least managed to find the net in 2021/22, but only four times. Obviously, as Sheffield United fans will tell you, big signings are no guarantee of success.
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